The School Resource Officer is a police officer with the Rotterdam Police Department, and is assigned to work with the school district to promote student safety.
The concept of having a School Resource Officer (SRO) has been around since the 1950s. The idea is to place a law enforcement officer in a school for three reasons.
SROs have become a valuable part of the school staff and an important link between students, the police and the community. They build a bond between young people and law enforcement that provides understanding from both sides. Students who feel safe become better learners and better citizens. School Resource Officers are trained members of The National Association of School Resource Officers (N.A.S.R.O.).
Telephone: 355-6110, Ext. 3024
Det. Patrick Farry of the Rotterdam Police Department became the Schalmont Schools School Resource Officer (SRO) in September, 2014. Born and raised in Rotterdam, Det. Farry attended Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1999 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Rotterdam Police Department as a patrol officer in 2003. In 2008, he became a detective/police investigator assigned to various felony and misdemeanor cases. He is a trained Crime Scene Technician, member of the Schenectady County Domestic Violence Task Force, and active in the departmentâ€™s Community Services Unit.
I first became interested in law enforcement when I was in high school. I liked the idea of helping people out and the opportunity to have a career where each day was different, various challenges, and a chance to meet and interact with a variety of people.
I believe that the most important role a resource officer plays is ensuring the safety and security of the students, faculty, and staff at the schools. I believe that being a liaison between the Schalmont community and the police department is also a very important role.
I believe that parents need to play an active role in their children's lives. Knowing where their children are, who they are hanging out with, and who they are connecting with online are all very important.
I want parents and staff to feel comfortable coming to me with any questions, comments, or concerns. Communicating with everybody in the school community is key to a successful relationship.
Outside of work I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places. I
also enjoy following college and professional sports.